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emasculate

verb emas·cu·late \i-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlāt\

: to make (a man) feel less masculine : to deprive (a man) of his male strength, role, etc.

: to make (something) weaker or less effective

emas·cu·lat·edemas·cu·lat·ing

Full Definition of EMASCULATE

transitive verb
1
:  to deprive of strength, vigor, or spirit :  weaken
2
:  to deprive of virility or procreative power :  castrate
3
:  to remove the androecium of (a flower) in the process of artificial cross-pollination
emas·cu·late \-lət\ adjective
emas·cu·la·tion \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
emas·cu·la·tor \-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlā-tər\ noun
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Examples of EMASCULATE

  1. He plays the role of a meek husband who has been emasculated by his domineering wife.
  2. Critics charged that this change would emasculate the law.

Origin of EMASCULATE

Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare, from e- + masculus male — more at male
First Known Use: 1607

Synonym Discussion of EMASCULATE

unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for effective action. unnerve implies marked often temporary loss of courage, self-control, or power to act <unnerved by the near collision>. enervate suggests a gradual physical or moral weakening (as through luxury or indolence) until one is too feeble to make an effort <a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure>. unman implies a loss of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit <a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle>. emasculate stresses a depriving of characteristic force by removing something essential <an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards>.

Rhymes with EMASCULATE

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Medical Dictionary

emasculate

transitive verb emas·cu·late \i-ˈmas-kyə-ˌlāt\
emas·cu·lat·edemas·cu·lat·ing

Medical Definition of EMASCULATE

:  to deprive of virility or procreative power :  castrate
emas·cu·la·tion \-ˌmas-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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